New DUI Tag Getting Closer to Reality

Motorists who have been convicted of driving under the influence may soon have to sport a special coral colored license plate on their cars in Florida.

But opponents to the idea say the plate is a solution in search of a problem.

As many as 12,000 Floridians may have to display a new DUI tag on all of their vehicles if they are convicted of drunk driving and apply for a hardship license to go to and from work.

The legislation cleared its fourth committee Tuesday by an 8 to 2 vote.

Rep. Fred Brummer of Apopka, the bill’s sponsor, says the plate would only be required while someone was driving on a restricted license because of a DUI.

Opponents argued that if one person in the family got a DUI, every car owned by the family would need the coral tag. They also say every family member would face the embarrassment of having to drive with the DUI tag when they did nothing wrong.

They argue the tag will do nothing to stop people from drinking and driving.

There is also concern that companies could be required to put a DUI plate on every one of their cars if an employee has been convicted of DUI and drives random vehicles as part of their job.

The coral colored plates will cost an additional $20, with the money going to a trauma trust fund.